18 Easy Tips to Quitting Your Job and Being Happy

Last October I took the plunge. I decided to quit my job. Hell, I decided to quit my career. I really did. I had been reading all about how folks were doing this, quitting their jobs I mean. Well, not a lot of folks, but some folks. And after quitting, they were writing about it – or people were writing about them – and how wonderful it had been since leaving their boring, monotonous, life-sucking, stress-induced, thankless, purposeless, jobs. Some of these people were now traveling around the globe, making money blogging and writing books. Some moved their entire families to another country, where they house-sat for free, ran their business from abroad, and now lived like kings. Some went on a spiritual journey and decided to dedicate their life to a Buddhist monastery. While others became champions of helping others and spent their time on humanitarian missions.

The thing I noticed that they all had in common was that they were all happy! Go figure. Meanwhile, my regular friends – those with money, those with high paying jobs, those with lots of toys, those that were married, those with large houses, those with nice cars, those with power, and those that seemed to have it all – were not happy at all. Some pretended to be happy, sure they did, but once you got to the root of it, they weren’t really happy at all; at least not the content and peaceful happiness you hear about. So I thought, what gives? Maybe there is something to this quitting your job business after all.

Since I’ve left my job, I’ve had some pretty interesting reactions. The way people respond to me, you’d think I had done something wonderful. You’d think I’d received some major promotion or something, but even when I received promotions in the past I didn’t receive these types of accolades. No, instead, folks have been really proud of me. It’s been a little confusing trying to figure out why, since most folks I know that are unemployed don’t get the attention and support I’ve gotten. Hell, most of them are labeled as being lazy. I think the difference is this: I quit not only my job, but I quit the entire traditional way of thinking, while others either struggle to find work or lose their jobs due to their own ineptness, as they try to fit into the traditional way of thinking. Also, let’s be clear too, I didn’t quit my job so I could sit around all day eating Cheetos and doing bong hits. Instead, I redefined my definition of “work” and decided to pursue a career I enjoyed first and to live within those means, which for me was writing and the means were quite limited. And I know what you’re thinking as you read this. What I’ve done is only what others dream of doing. What I’m faced with time and time again are arguments about why it can’t be done and reasons why only I could do it. I figured instead of arguing with everyone, I would simply write down some steps on how to quit your job and be happy. Please feel free to take them or leave them, agree or disagree, since these are simply my own opinions, which have happened to work for me:

  1. You don’t know what you don’t know: We spend most of our lives in bubbles. I talk to folks all of the time who don’t know much about anything. It’s really quite amazing. And I don’t mean the type of folks that have all of these political views without a formal education and who never pick up a book, although that is very frustrating too. I’m talking about general knowledge. I’d like to say happiness can be achieved by waving a magic wand, but the truth is you have to want to help yourself, and in order to do so, it involves reading up on and studying things like neurology, spiritualism, and psychology. Once you start realizing how the brain actually works, you’ll realize there are things you can do to make yourself happier and smarter. For example, force yourself to smile! You’d be amazed how over time a forced smile soon realigns your brain’s neural pathways and makes you actually feel happier. On a large scale, meditation, diet, exercise, and mental exercise will do wonders for your well-being and cognitive abilities. So if you’re sitting at a job that causes stress, anxiety, anger and forces you to get fat and eat poorly, then you’re probably contributing to your own brain’s demise.
  2. Challenge your perception of the norm and reality: This is a tough one for most people to consider, but think about it for a minute. Of all the things around you, what is actually “real”? Things are real in so much as we, our human minds, assign value to it or believe it to be real. For example, gold is worth $1,400 an ounce because we say so, not because it has an intrinsic value. Your Mercedes has the value you assign to it, maybe because you want to be better than those around you, but in reality, a million years from now no one is going to care about your Mercedes or you, assuming humans are even around. The way I figure it, either there’s a God and all of the crap you own doesn’t much matter anyhow because there is a higher purpose, or there isn’t a God and none of that crap you own matters much anyhow, since it will all be dust someday. Either way, why not focus on actually being happy? Why spend your entire life working for someone else doing something you don’t enjoy?
  3. Let go: Really, who cares what others think anyhow? Now, this doesn’t mean to not care about anything. I used to confuse letting go with not caring, but there is a difference. Not caring is negative. It presuppose a sense of depression and anger. While letting go is an acceptance of what is. It’s accepting what happens. It’s going with the flow. Rolling with the punches. Worrying about the past, the future, and what others think is wasted energy, since they really don’t matter anyhow. Now, this isn’t to say we can’t learn from the past and plan for the future, but don’t let the past dictate who you are today and don’t dwell on a future that hasn’t happened yet. Instead, live in the moment. The moment is the only thing that ever exists. Think about it, when have you ever not lived in the moment? Yet most of us never enjoy the moment. Instead, we allow the past to dictate who we are today and we worry about what hasn’t happened yet, which causes stress and anxiety. Instead, realize that you control the moment and the future will take care of itself.
  4. Realize you only have one life: As far as I know and as far as anyone has been able to show me, we only have one life. Because you only have one life, why the hell would you not enjoy it? Why wouldn’t you make the most of it? Why would you let a perceived reality that has no meaning control your every move? Or, if you’d like to believe, why would you let a reality that does have a meaning become a life without compassion and purpose? It’s ridiculous. Enjoy life, you only get one. This means, enjoy your job too, since that’s where you spend most of your time.
  5. What’s the point in having “stuff” if it doesn’t make you happy: This one seems kind of crazy to me. I’ve never, and I mean never ever, ever – and I’ve met a lot of people – have ever met anyone that is happy because they have a lot of stuff. I’ve met a lot of people that are “happy” right after they buy something, but soon after that they are depressed because they want to buy more new stuff or the stuff they have is no longer good enough. If you need to buy stuff to be happy, then you are looking for happiness externally, when all you need to do is look inside, since that’s where happiness resides. I remember the freedom I felt when I first wanted nothing. When I walked through the mall and didn’t need to use self-restraint to avoid buying things, since I truly didn’t want them. I felt empowered. I felt true freedom. It was the freedom from want. So ask yourself, are you working to buy more stuff that makes you happy or are you working to actually be happy? If you want to actually be happy, you might want to start by actually enjoying what you do. What’s the point in being miserable in order to buy stuff to make you happy that doesn’t make you happy when you can simply be happy by doing something you enjoy (a confusing sentence, I know, but read it slowly and it will start to make sense)?
  6. Most corporations are trying to make money, not trying to do good: While you’re working for a corporation, realize that most of them don’t care much about you. I realize there are some exceptions and this is one of those massive blanket statements, however… based on my biased experiences, most people that are tied up in the corporate world are in it to make money. Money makes the world go round. Although I don’t dismiss productivity and the need for manufacturers and corporations, just make sure you see them for what they are. If you love what you do, then that’s awesome, but most folks don’t and it’s important to realize that the greed motive plays an important part in business, so watch your back, since you probably won’t find purpose or happiness in this type of job. Instead, you’ll probably end up working just to pay the bills. Either that or find a corporate job you enjoy doing. My point here is to look out for yourself if you decide to stay in the corporate world since the greed motive isn’t going to look out for you.
  7. You’ll be much more successful doing what you enjoy than what you don’t enjoy: People used to ask me, why would you leave your job, you’re damn good at what you do? I would say, well if I’m damn good at what I don’t enjoy, imagine how successful I’ll be doing something I love. Realize if you aren’t happy doing what you’re doing, then you’re probably not living up to your full potential anyhow.
  8. Have a resume: Look, I’m all about not playing the “game” and not conforming, but it’s going to be real tough to do your own thing if you never apply yourself. Although I’ve quit my job, I’ve spent a great deal of time building my resume. For example, I was an officer in the Marine Corps, I have a Master’s Degree, and I was a VP of Purchasing for a national home builder. Now, I’m not saying you have to be all of these things, but having credibility, intelligence, references, and a strong background only opens up doors for you. Don’t expect to sit on the couch and have stuff fall in your lap. When we house sat for someone living in Costa Rica, they welcomed us into their homes because we had a solid background, not because we dropped out of high school and lived with our parents for 15 years. I’m not saying there is a right way here, but be smart and realistic about things. Quitting your job isn’t an entitlement program.
  9. You need someone that agrees with you you: If you and your partner don’t see eye to eye and don’t grow together, then nothing is going to work. Following your dream can only work if you’re with someone that believes in or shares your dream. Someone that’s fighting you along the way is only dead weight and you both would probably be happier with someone else anyhow. So if you’re going to try and make any unhappy relationship work, either hope for a revelation from your partner (or yourself) or buckle down for a long life of unpleasantness, otherwise, find someone that’s on board with your goals or embrace the single life until you do. I’ve met plenty of folks that have told me marriage is all about hard work and compromise. And I guess part of that has to do with what you want out of life. But if you realize that both of you would be happier with someone else who supports you and thinks like you, then perhaps that’s the path to go. It isn’t worth staying together and having both parties unhappy for the sake of “toughing it out”, because then you’re just being stubborn or believe you don’t have a choice, which is never true.
  10. Figure yourself out first: This is a pretty big one. Half the reason we struggle so much and have bad relationships are because of our own baggage. We always seem to think the world is against us and everything is always someone’s fault, but that’s because we let our own ego get in our way. Half the reason we can’t find a good mate isn’t simply because he/she isn’t out there, but mostly because we have our own unresolved issues we haven’t figured out yet. It’s important to understand that as children our brains are impressionable and our neural-pathways are just forming, so anything that happens to us as children has consequences throughout our entire lives. If we ignore those issues, then we’ll never understand why we do what we do. Once we start accepting our past and that we’re all messed up because of it, then we can avoid the same mistakes, make improvements, and thus consciously change our own neural-pathways for good. This in turn will help you find a healthy relationship and a career you enjoy, so stop blaming others and stop being your own roadblock.
  11. You don’t need to be wealthy and single: In order to leave your job, you don’t need to be wealthy and/or single. This is what most people tell me. “You must have a lot of money.” To that, I say, “No, not at all, my ex-wife got it all.” The other thing they say is, “You are lucky you don’t have children.” To that I say, “My fiance and I are trying to have children now.” We also have friends that moved to Costa Rica with their three year old because they were having financial problems. You just need to be flexible. A lot of the reasons why people think you need a lot of money is because they don’t realize how inexpensive it can be to live oversees. The reason people think it’s impossible to move with their children is because of the responsibilities they’ve established where they now live, such as schools and friends and so on. Although this doesn’t necessarily need to be a deterrent to leaving the country, a more prudent response is that you don’t need to leave the country to enjoy your job and find happiness. I’m of the mindset that spending quality time with your children is far more important than spending money on them, which is slightly ironic since you have to work more at the job you don’t enjoy in order to spend more money on your children and less time with them. Go figure.

12: It doesn’t happen over night: This one dovetails off the last few points, especially since I probably got a lot of folks upset above, who are probably thinking, “It’s just not that easy.” To that I say, “You’re right, it’s not that easy.” It really isn’t. Look, none of this happens overnight. Once I got it in my head that I wanted a life with more purpose and enjoyment, it took 3-4 years to make it a realization. I had to get a divorce and find someone that was on the same page as me. I had to foreclose on my house. I had to move multiple times. I relocated with my job. I quit one job and went to another. I had to finish my alimony payments. I had to get rid of all of my possessions. I had to pay off all of my debt. It all took time. Once you evaluate your situation and once you make a decision to change your life, the ball gets set in motion whether you want it to or not, which all takes time. For those with more responsibilities, it’s going to take longer. So be patient. Accept what is.

  1. Live within your means: We all have this idea of what the “American Dream” is and what we want to own someday, then we work our asses off to buy those things. Then, once we have them, we realize they don’t make us happy. Why don’t we do it the other way around? Why don’t we find what we enjoy doing and then live within those means? After all, who gets the last laugh; the person with the most toys that’s depressed or the person that’s the happiest with no toys? I had a friend with a 7,000 square foot mansion in one of the nicest parts of Orange County ask me how I was so happy. I smiled. I wondered at the time, why aren’t you so happy? Unfortunately people look for happiness outside of themselves, while it’s inside of them all along. I feel empathy for folks like that. Change your definition of wealth. It’s not what you own, it’s who you are.
  2. Life goes on: Life does go on. We think that if we change something that the world will come tumbling down. People are going to think less of us, we think. I foreclosed on my house, got a divorce, gave away all of my possessions, and told my parents I was quitting my six-figure job. Again, our worst enemy is our perceptions. If we accept things as they are, then what can ever really hurt us? I love J.K. Rowling’s story; it wasn’t until she hit rock bottom before she realized nothing could destroy her. It was then that she wrote the Harry Potter series. If you quit your job, the world won’t end.
  3. Time if finite: Why don’t we realize this one? We treat our lives as if time is abundant, but it isn’t. Time is limited and precious, so don’t waste it. At this point in my life it seems madness to me to think that anyone would spend time in a job they don’t enjoy doing. In order to chase a bigger paycheck, larger promotions, and higher status, I spent the last 10 years of my life removed from my family, while my five year old nephew has grown up without me. My father retired and my mother watched her husband, my stepfather, die of lung cancer. All of this has happened without me. There’s no amount of money that can buy my time any longer. My time is not for sale.
  4. You were born happy: Happiness is within you. Somewhere along the way we learn that happiness is something to pursue. The pursuit of happiness. But happiness is within us. It should be the pursuit of freedom. We think we are born free, but after we accumulate credit card debt, a mortgage payment, car payments, and all of the other financial obligations, I wonder, who is really free? If you’re looking for happiness, you won’t find it in a job you don’t enjoy.
  5. There’s no excuse for being miserable: Look, if you’re miserable, you’re doing it to yourself. Sure, you might have had a horrible past that’s tough to get beyond, but it’s in the past and it’s not who you are now. If you can’t get past it, then see a therapist. I wrote a book, and that was my therapy for when I was young and for my experiences during the Iraq war. It helped me realize how messed up I was. Regardless, do something. We create the world we live in. We really do. We assign the perceived values. We assign the rules. We create our own burdens in our heads. If you don’t believe me, then you’ll always be miserable.

18. Finally, be nice: If you’re nice to everyone, the world is your oyster. It really is. I’ve found that the greatest happiness comes from helping others, not from helping myself.

The Best Jobs Without Education

If you have strong people skills, you can get a 100,000+ annual salary without even going to high school! I know it sounds crazy, but the innate ability to connect with people and make them feel comfortable often has a massive price tag. There are dozens of jobs that really reward this skill set and since people skills can’t really be taught in a classroom setting, the employers for these jobs couldn’t care less about your lack of education. At a certain point during your career however, some companies require a degree in order to continue to move up the corporate ladder. If that situation does occur you can always cross that bridge when you get to it.

Top Jobs that Require People Skills but No High School Diploma or College Degree

  1. Human Resources. Often times you’ll need a degree to land a human resources job in a big company. However if your manager notices that you do a good job of dealing with employee’s in the office and your generally well liked, this can often result in a transition into an HR role. This job pays fairly well and involves resolving disputes, doing office demonstrations about work policy’s, and setting policy’s.
  2. Private Detective. This job requires a certain level of people skills but in a very different way than these other jobs. It requires “street smarts”, i.e the ability to read peoples thoughts feelings and emotions. If you have served jail time in your past, have worked in law enforcement or the military, or you just feel you possess this skill, becoming a private detective can be a very well paying solution.
  3. Waiter at a High Priced Restaurant. This is generally the first job people think of when seeking jobs that don’t require people skills or education. Waiters at expensive restaurants can make a pretty considerable sum, sometimes as high as $50 per hour. It requires the ability to deal with unhappy customers, good memory, multi tasking, and of course people skills.
  4. Casino Dealer. If you have anything on your criminal record, this is probably not the job for you. Dealers are thoroughly screened to ensure they can be trusted as a typical dealer will handle several thousnads of dollars of chips in a single day, sometimes tends of thousands. Strong people skills can help you land huge tips at the tables making this a very lucrative opportunity.
  5. Real Estate Agent. This is the most lucrative job you can get that largely depends on your people skills. You can easily run an entire real estate business solely based on referrals without doing any type of marketing. Strong people skills can help you build further business through word of mouth and lock in sales on your current clients.

There are dozens of high paying jobs that rely solely on your people skills while there are thousands more that require a combination of people skills and education. If the job you’ve got your eye on requires both, you might just want to just bite the bullet and pursue your degree. Regardless of what you choose to do, if your unemployed or going to school, it’s really helpful to have a stream of income coming in on the side. Doing online paid surveys are a fantastic way to make this happen. It doesn’t require a ton of people skills but can really help bring in a much needed few hundred dollars per month when your struggling for cash.

Job Search Tips for Aspiring Candidates

Every sensible mind thinks of a bright career and hence a stable handsome job. Job search is an ordeal. Today’s is the age of speed and competition. No one has time to wait for others. You have to prove your mettle; otherwise others are ready to trample you down and make their way through. With the tremendous progress all around, we have ushered into the world of LPG (Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization) where thousands of job opportunities are knocking at the door. Perform or perish seems to be the mantra for today.

How to seek a dream job? That’s a million dollar question. I have observed that many youngsters are not happy with the current job and are doing it just as a compromise. It’s dangerous, I tell you. Landing in a job where there is enough scope for your inherent skills and talents is very important. This is the reason enough for me to offer a few invaluable job search tips through this article.

Here follow the tips for a successful search of job:

  • Ask Yourself What You Love Doing:

As you grow you develop certain likes and dislikes. You recognize your natural aptitude and propensities. Ask yourself at an early age what you enjoy doing. Direct your likings to a systematic development. No one will be luckier than you if you get a job where your interests get enough exposure to flourish. Self analysis is the most important tip before starting your search.

  • Groom Yourself Accordingly:

Diligence and hard work lead to success. Try to shape yourself to fit in your dream job. Education is the most important tool to turn your unique qualities into hard cash. Get the necessary information regarding the required qualification for the job you want to apply. You will get this information on related websites. Keep updating your knowledge through different courses and educational programs and groom yourself accordingly. This search tip is immensely important.

  • Determination is the Key:

This is the job search tip that often remains neglected. Once you decide your path, no matter what others think about your choice, go on. You know what you want to achieve. Why heed others? Be determined, be loyal and faithful to your tasks and enjoy the fruits of success. I always emphasize on this tip in my job search tips and advice sessions.

  • Systematize Your Job Search:

It’s no use finding a job just for its sake. Let your job search be a systematic process. List down the names of the companies you would like to work with. Don’t try your luck in too many companies at a time. You will end up getting confused. Set your preference. Send your optimized resume online. Moving even one step ahead you can prepare your own online portfolio. Let your prospective employer come to you in search of a talent. This job search tip really works.

  • Social Networking is a Must:

Understand the importance of social networking. Develop social contacts that will help you reach your destination. With the availability of many social networking tools like facebook, orkut or twitter, it has become easier nowadays to widen the frontiers of your contacts. Follow this job search tip religiously. It works in your job search.

  • Career Guidance Centers Can Be a Great Help:

These days you have many career guidance centers offering job search tips to the promising youth. You can contact any such center and consult the experienced in this regard. You can reach at the right place at the right time through such guidance. Nowadays campus interviews have become a general practice. Even big companies approach colleges as they are in search of young talented employees. Never miss such opportunities. Who knows this may be the right beginning.

  • Contact Present Employers:

Keeping in touch with some of the experienced present employers of a particular company can help a great deal. They are well aware of the pros and cons of the job you are searching. Their guidance will make your job search easier.

  • Keep Learning:

You gather rich experience in the whole process of a job search. My job search tip for you will be to keep learning through your experiences. Don’t repeat the same mistakes. Let your job search be a journey of pleasure and not a boring drudgery.

May you get your dream job as quickly as possible! May you touch the dizzy heights of eminence and have a bright career. Best of luck!

Tips For Creating a Fun and Educational Playroom For Children

You can create a fun and educational playroom for children simply by keeping things at their level, both physically and mentally. Bright colors, simple words, sturdy furniture and well made children’s rugs can make your kid’s playroom an adventure in learning as it provides a rich learning environment.

Toddlers learn at a phenomenal rate. Everything they do increases their knowledge base. At the same time, you want your toddler’s playroom to be fun and entertaining. By using educational kid’s rugs, low shelves and child-sized furniture when designing your playroom, you can create an environment that is both fun and entertaining.

Educational Children’s Rugs Serve Multiple Roles

Let’s face it – children sometimes spill things. That’s a fact of life. They also want to learn and play. Children’s interactive play rugs serve multiple jobs, protecting your floor, providing a comfortable play area and offering educational experiences. Children’s rugs can teach geography, the alphabet and animals. They also come designed as miniature communities and cities, and you can even purchase kids’ rugs that will teach your toddler about your home state!

Children’s rugs are designed with toddlers and young children in mind. They are soft and plush and come with plenty of padding. The materials used are easy to clean and durable enough to last for years of enjoyment. Your children’s playroom will be all the more fun with an educational kid’s rug. Children’s interactive play rugs can even help young children learn important social skills as they explore the possibilities with their play group friends.

Sturdy Children’s Furniture Is a Must

As appealing as inflatable or plastic children’s furniture may appear, it is generally unsafe and it certainly won’t last. Children are still learning about the laws of physics that rule our world. Sturdy, well made, child-sized furniture will help your toddler maneuver in their playroom safely and constructively.

By providing child-sized furniture, you will help your child learn how to use their body properly. This type of furniture is also far less likely to tip, causing a fall. In addition, children’s furniture comes in a variety of colors and patterns, allowing you to create a customized playroom, best suited to your kid’s interests and personal style.

Personal Touches Add Educational Fun

You can make your children’s playroom all the more enjoyable and educational with personal touches that you create together. Index cards make great learning tools when used to label common features of the playroom, such as taping a card marked “chair” to a chair. Other labeling opportunities can include walls, tables and dressers. You can also create a word wall using pictures and words of common items such as books, shirts, dogs, family members, trees, cars, and so on. The possibilities are limitless and you can make working with these label cards a game for you and your toddler.

Children love to learn and play. You can make your kid’s playroom a wealth of fun and information with sturdy, child-sized furniture, children’s interactive play rugs and other educational children’s rugs, homemade labels and plenty of books and positive learning games. Your children will enjoy hours of educational fun in their very own playroom.

Useful Tips on Distance Education School

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The need for you to find and attend a good distance education school cannot be stressed enough. The reason is because of the perception of quite a lot of employers out there about certificates obtained by graduates. These employers will only employ you if you have the right certificate. So, if you attended one of the quite a lot of diploma mills out there, you should not expect the employers to respect your certificate and employ you.

This is why it is very crucial for you to attend only accredited schools. The certificates and programs of these schools are well respected by employers and they often prefer graduates of these institutions. Make Sure that you check the accreditation status of the school with the appropriate accrediting agencies.

Attending a distance education school is highly appropriate if you are unable to pay for a conventional school. And, it is good for you if you have to keep a job and family at the same time. This means that you don’t have to leave your job. The class work and assignments can be completed at your own pace. And, you can complete the program anytime and anywhere you want.

While it is good news to know that there are quite a lot of institutions out there offering distance education, I urge you to look before you leap. Many of them often send unsolicited mails to people all over the world. This is wrong. Good and reliable schools don’t do such thing. You are only sent mails if you request for more information on the school and its programs. So, shun schools you come across in your mailbox. They are not accredited by relevant authority. You can get useful information from people online in forums. They will give you helpful information on the genuine schools as well as the schools you should shun like a plague.

High School Diploma Tips

Do you want to earn your high school diploma? By earning your diploma you are opening doors to higher paying jobs and the opportunity to continue your education. Many people today cannot even get a minimum paying job without a diploma. There are many opportunities today for one to get an education or to complete their studies.

Some of the benefits of getting your diploma are: finding a better job or career; furthering your education and feeling good about yourself. These are all important benefits, but each may have a different meaning to you and your decision to earn your diploma.

Not everyone that sets out to get a diploma actually finishes the task. It is not easy, but it can be very rewarding and beneficial. As talked about earlier, people with a diploma have a much better chance of finding a better job or starting a new career. Most employers, regardless of industry, require applicants to have a diploma.

Additionally, people that are interested in going back to school must have a high school diploma. The options are endless for those that have a diploma. Regardless of the type of school: beauty school, trade school, community college or traditional college, none much have a diploma to be accepted.

Although the diploma is important in order to get in school and to start a new career, it is equally as important for making you feel good about yourself. As an adult, you will so much better about yourself by simply having your high school diploma. This will be an accomplishment that no one can take away from you or put you down for doing. Furthermore, having your diploma will open doors and give you opportunities that you once thought were impossible.

Tips For Selecting The Right Jobs And Careers

In today’s economy knowing which path to take with Jobs and Careers that provide security and stability is important. For some they are just beginning to evaluate this choice while for other reevaluating is important. Regardless of the reason there are several things that should be kept in mind before a decision is made.

First and foremost is the amount of education one would need to invest in before they could actually begin to work. Although many funding sources are available it’s important to remember that it will eventually need to be paid off. For careers in the medical field this is often not an issue since the expected salaries will more than compensate the cost to be paid back. However, for someone entering a labor related field, the salary may not be sufficient to meet the monthly obligations of the loan.

A second consideration is interest. If a person can’t seeing themselves doing the work on a daily basis late into life, it is probably not a good choice. This is often determined when people are very young. During play as children people often gravitate toward various ways to amuse themselves. By looking back on childhood activities it is easier to determine the career field that will be a perfect match in adulthood.

One should also consider preferred lifestyle. If living in a cottage along a lake with few demands and lots of time for leisure activities, a job that reflects a slower pace and few demands will more than likely supply the monetary needs that can maintain that way of life. However, if living in a big house or condo in the “center of the action” and driving fast cars is the vision one has for their future, a position that is high level, fast-paced, and allows promotions on a regular basis will be preferred, but more education will probably be required.

Today one of the most important considerations are job availability. There are certain careers that will always need people. The medical field and technology are two such areas that seem to always have positions available. Part of this is due to the rate of growth and turn-over in the field, which should also be taken into consideration. Asking oneself “Why don’t they stay?” is a good way to determine if longevity can be achieved.

Especially in the hard economic times of today, finding Jobs and Careers that fulfill the desires of the individual as well as providing the security and financial means to achieve the desired lifestyle is difficult. However, this takes not only looking at interests, but may require more education as well. If so one must be willing to do what is needed in order to feel they have succeeded in life.

Interview Tips to Remember

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Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.

Brandon Mull, Fablehaven

How right and applicable is the above mentioned quote? There are some mistakes which only you should make yourselves because you will own the learning too. But some mistakes, you should learn from others and not make them as they are not worth losing what you could have got, if you never made them.

Resume is one such thing in which you MUST learn from the mistakes made by others because you might never get a chance to bring back what you lost. You might think that a prospective employer might just think as simple as “Oh! That’s a mistake” but in reality, the impression such mistakes leave are irreversible and fatal for your career.

Although mistakes may be many and various depending upon individual profile but listed below are some of the most common mistakes along with the implication/s they leave on the readers’ minds:

  1. Typing Mistakes and Grammatical errors

Employer thinks: He does not know how to read or write. Poor Communication Skills, hence, NOT SUITABLE.

Advice: Always Proofread.

  1. Incomplete information

Classic example:

Education: MBA – from XYZ institute – 2001-2002

Employer thinks:

Whether the info is wrong or the course is still being pursued?

What’s the specialization?

Any achievements or top grades, distinctions, awards, CGPA?

Advice: Always give all the relevant details. Make a checklist.

MBA – 1 year executive program – from XYZ institute – 2001-2002 – Specialization – Marketing

Dissertation topic: How to make a resume?

Worked as an Intern for 2 months with ABC Company as Marketing Trainee

Submitted report on – How to make a resume

CGPA: 7.2

Same goes with work experience.

  1. Omitting or giving incorrect information

Employer thinks: Nothing. He simply won’t be able to contact you.

Advice: Carefully make a checklist before starting to make a resume. Also proofread.

  1. Making a General Cover Letter

Employer thinks: You feel nothing special for this job or company.

It may also happen than while applying, you address it to Mr. XYZ while you send it to Mr. ABC

Advice: Always make specific cover letter which shows special interest in a job and the company.

  1. Making ‘Duties driven’ CV instead of ‘Accomplishment driven’

Classic Example:

Job responsibilities: Cost cutting initiatives in procurement

Searched for better vendors

Responsible for Data management

Employer thinks: Has he made any significant contribution/s?

Advice: Employer understands what you could have done in a role. He wants to know what you achieved.

Job responsibilities: Reduced the cost of procurement by 15{a122383d090a54c22eb0b8a5a7cfe4c0092cb9653a6815da91051dd4c34ec486} in the financial year ending 2012.

Created a strong portfolio of vendors with best quality and rates with excellent capacity to supply in large quantities at short notices.

Reorganized procurement data in a form which is more accessible and easily comprehensible by management and the team.

  1. Listing of Experience/ Education in Chronological order

Classic Example:

Work Experience: XYZ company – 2008-2009 – as Marketing executive

ABC Company – 2009 – 2011 – as Assistant Manager marketing

Current Company – 2011 – till date – as Manager marketing

Employer thinks: “Oh my God, I will have to read all before reaching what I really wish to read.”

Or he may simply not read below because of lack of time and may completely over look it. He will think you are currently unemployed.

Advice: Always mention education/ experience etc. in “REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER”. Saves time and pain for the employer. He may read the rest, if time permits.

  1. Long Paragraphs

Classic Example:

Computer Skills: I have excellent command over MS word, especially, excel and I have also worked in a SAP environment. I also, have experience with Coral Draw and I am proficient in creating advanced designs.

Employer: Usually overlooks such information because of lack of time. Also, the expertise and proficiency never stands out.

Advice: Use ‘Bullet Points’

Computer Skills: Proficient in MS word

Experience of working in SAP environment

Expert in advanced creative designing using Coral Draw.

  1. A bad ‘Objective/ Title’ and No ‘Summary’

Classic Example:

A hard working and enthusiastic professional looking for middle management positions

Employer thinks: You have as many as 6-10 seconds to give employer what he wants. If he is running short of time, he may move on to resumes more targeted and specific in nature.

Advice: Use strong Title/ Objective and also add Summary.

“Senior Manager – Supply chain, working with XYZ company with 10 years strong multi-faceted experience in Supply Chain Management with most reputed companies, qualified from ABC institute of Supply chain management.”

Also Add Synopsis/ Summary as it gives a quick overview of your entire profile and creates a preference.

  1. Making a long resume

Classic Example: Any resume running for more than 2 pages.

Employers think: “Who’s going to read all this?”

Advice: Keep it focused. Put only relevant information. Remember, an HR manager has to go through 100s of resumes in a day.

Ideally just 1 Page resume or maximum 2 pages.

  1. References on resume

Classic Example:

Either references are mentioned or it simply says “References: Available upon request.”

Employer thinks: Supplying references is a must. Why mention it and waste space?

Advice: No need to mention the word ‘References’ on the CV. Furnish details only when requested. Utilize space for better reasons like mentioning your strengths or special skills acquired relevant to the job.

So, now when you are making a resume, keep all these common mistakes in mind and DO NOT MAKE THEM.

Good Luck!!

Tips on Finding Work in Accounting

Are you looking for accountant jobs? There is lots of competition in the job market these days. If you want to get into a particular profession you must always try to be the best in the field.

There are lots of people who fail to reach to the top just because they have not set their aim right. You need to choose your field very carefully. First of all find out which field interests you the most. This will help you love your job and hence you will get better opportunities.

If you have a good hold over mathematics then you can surely look forward to the accountant careers. There are certain tips which will help you move in the right direction for this career. Firstly you need to make sure that you have the proper education required for this field.

Accounting education is necessary. You need to get a degree in accountancy to perform better in this field. There are different types of accountant jobs available these days. You can either work individually or for a corporate company or even for the government.

It very important to figure out the kind of accountant careers you will be having in future. Lots of people tend to choose their jobs according to the accountant salary. It is always better to get a degree in business or management to make sure that you get up to the ladder of success quickly.

These kinds of courses are available online. You just need to join a course with a certain amount of fee. You will get a degree which will be of great value in this field.

It is also essential to get a proper license to make sure that you have a good accountant pay. The license is necessary if you are working individually. There are certain examinations which will help you achieve the license.

You must always make sure that you keep on advancing you career so that you can be the top boss in accounting and earn a good amount of money from the job. One of the best places to search for the accountant jobs is the internet. There are certain websites which are dedicated to the accounting jobs.

You will find a list of companies which offer these kinds of jobs. In the beginning you can join the entry level jobs which will help you learn the job as well as have some solid experience of the working in this field.

The more you learn the job and create an idea about the accountant duties the more successful you will be in this field. Getting you career off the ground can be a bit challenging. But once your career takes off you can take it higher with hard work and dedication.

Always look for the best job opportunities available. It is also important to prepare your resume in the right manner. Resumes play an important role in these jobs. Make sure you get interview calls from the best companies.

10 Job Search Tips Finding the Right Job

Looking for a job but not sure how to prepare. These top 10 tips will assist you in successfully organizing a process and make the job search easy.

  1. Be Patient. Look after you

The job search can cause stress and strong negative emotions. Feelings can range from loss, denial, fear, anger and depression. Positive habits such as eating well exercise and rest and maintaining a social circle is crucial to managing stress during a job search. Treat the job search like a full-time job and taking time out at the end each day to attend to the other things of your life.

  1. Know Yourself

What aspects are you looking for in a job? What type of job would be a good fit for you? The job search starts with preparation and planning. Write down your personal characteristics such as values, interests, skills and experience. A thorough list can help you choose a realistic job objective that fits your needs and will be helpful when creating or revising your resume and preparing for job interviews.

  1. Know the Job Market

Before you begin your search, it is useful to research the job market in the area that you want. There are many resources available to help with your job market research including the internet, the library, employment agencies, Chambers of commerce, Professional Associations, career fairs, trade and business directories.

  1. Look for Leads

Leads can be found by approaching professionals within organizations that have the need, the ability or access to people who hire employees with skills similar to yours. If the organization that you contact is not hiring, ask them for referrals to other organizations that might have openings that match your qualifications.

  1. Tap into the Hidden Job Market

Approximately 80{a122383d090a54c22eb0b8a5a7cfe4c0092cb9653a6815da91051dd4c34ec486} of jobs and contracts in small businesses, are not posted and are advertised by word of mouth. Make some cold calls, it might pay off. Look on the internet or phone book for contact information.

  1. Combining the Job Search Process

You can increase your odds of success by combining your strategy to access the job market. Maintain a routine by searching local, regional, and national newspapers, Internet, and employment agency job boards daily. Records all networking contacts, cover letters and resumes sent, interviews, thank you notes, referrals, and follow-ups.

  1. Visit Job Postings Sites Daily

Job posting sites change daily, so its important to keep on top of things. Here are a few job sites to check out:

  • BC Jobs
  • Canada Jobs
  • Future Works
  • CareerBuilder
  • Monster
  • Techvibes.com
  • T-Net Employment
  • Workopolis
  • Job Forum Canada
  • WorkBC
  1. Write an Effective Cover Letter and Resume

Cover Letter

Include a cover letter with every resume you submit. The cover letter is your marketing tool and should not duplicate your resume. This one page cover letter attracts the attention of the employer and gets them interested to look at your resume. Make sure you indicate your interest in the job and organization, describe your marketable qualifications, provide contact information and ask for an interview.

Resume

Always write a resume to target a specific position within an organization. The job description will help clearly identify how you meet those qualifications and skills required by the job. Format your resume to show you meet all the requirements on the job description. If you have a difficult time creating or revising your resume, seek a professional resume writing service provider.

  1. Organize Your Work Samples

Today, more employers are asking candidates to provide samples of their work. It is a good idea to provide samples of your work, education, accomplishments and recognition in a portfolio when speaking about your experiences in an interview.

  1. Know How to Interview

The better prepared you are for the job interview, the less nervous you will be and the more chance you will have for success. Like any skill, practice makes perfect, so don’t go into an interview ill prepared. This may be your first interview in days or weeks, so you can’t afford not to be prepared. Look for interview techniques on the web, take courses, seek a interview coach and practice with a friend.

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